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Alone in her empty flat, from her window Anne observes the people passing by who nervously snatch up the personal belongings and pieces of furniture she has put out on the pavement. Her final gesture of taking a ring off her finger signals she is leaving her previous life in Holland behind. She goes to Ireland, where she chooses to lead a solitary, wandering existence, striding through the austere landscapes of Connemara. During her travels, she discovers a house that is home to a hermit, Martin. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Martin: You're too educated to know what's good.
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Die Winterreise Op. 89. D.911 Gute Nacht
Written by Franz Schubert (as Schubert)
Label: Cavendish Classical
Cat. CCS02
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"Unsentimental, humane and existentialistic..."
29 March 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Polish screenwriter and director Urszula Antoniak's feature film debut which she also wrote is a Dutch-Irish co-production which was shot on location in County Galway, Ireland and produced by Reinier Selen and Edwin van Meurs. It tells the story about Anne, a woman who moves out of her city apartment, takes the belongings she can carry with her and hitchhikes to the highlands of Ireland. After sleeping outdoors for a couple of days and living in complete solitude, Anne finds a remote farmhouse that intrigues her. Here she meets Martin, the owner of the house, who offers her a deal that she agrees to on the one condition that no questions are asked about her personal life.

Subtly and acutely directed by European filmmaker Urszula Antoniak in her first feature film, this universal drama draws a mysterious and intriguing portrayal of an evolving relationship between two somewhat lonely strangers who coincidentally ends up living together. Finely photographed by cinematographer Daniël Bouquet and with its naturalistic milieu depictions, this meditative and charmingly romantic story about a rare relationship between a rural farmer and an urban vagabond depicts a finely paced study of character while examining themes such as interpersonal relations, loneliness, freedom, death and love.

Set against the backdrop of the coastal highland landscape of Ireland and with an efficient narrative structure, this poignantly atmospheric and quiet love-story is impelled and reinforced by Dutch actress Lotte Verbeek and Irish actor Stephen Rea's understated acting performances. An unsentimental, humane and existentialistic directorial debut which gained, among several other awards, six awards at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2009 and the award for Best Actress Lotte Verbeek at the Marrakech International Film Festival in 2009.


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